Pinot Noir, California

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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  1. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 375Ml
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 is sourced from the sub-regions of Sonoma including Russian River and Los Carneros. This wine has an enticing nose of red fruits, spice and rose petals and is backed by terrific depth of flavor ... Learn More
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  2. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
  3. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
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  4. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2018
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
  5. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2017
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
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  6. La Crema 'Russian River Valley' Pinot Noir 2016
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
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  7. La Crema Sealift Pinot Noir 2017
    The winery's original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting the standard since 1979. The family-owned and operated winery focuses exclusively on cool-climate appellations. The 2017 Sealift Vineyard Pinot Noir is crafted from the same vines used in the ... Learn More
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  8. La Crema Shell Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
    Blackberry, POMEGRANATE, orange zest and CEDAR aromas. Fresh blackberry, plum and BLACK LICORICE flavors are complemented by subtle layers of GREEN TEA and toasty oak. Richly textured with supple tannins and vibrant acidity that drives a long finish. - JENNIFER ... Learn More
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  9. La Crema Fog Veil Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Aromas of WILD STRAWBERRY, blackberry, and cardamom. Flavors of BOYSENBERRY, raspberry, and sassafras with hints of baking spice. SOFT tannins balanced by vibrant acidity. - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER The grapes were sourced from our vineyards situated in the Santa Rosa ... Learn More
  10. La Crema Fog Veil Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
    Aromas of WILD STRAWBERRY, blackberry, and cardamom. Flavors of BOYSENBERRY, raspberry, and sassafras with hints of baking spice. SOFT tannins balanced by vibrant acidity. - JENNIFER WALSH, WINEMAKER The grapes were sourced from our vineyards situated in the Santa Rosa ... Learn More
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  11. ONLINE TASTING PACK - 2ND OF JULY AMERICAN TASTING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 4 different wines (2 half bottles and 2 full bottles) to be opened during an online tasting held on the 2nd of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, ... Learn More

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  12. Hirsch Vineyards 'Block 8' Pinot Noir 2016
    The 2016 Hirsch Pinot Noirs are moderate in alcohol, high in acidity, and graced with the long, supple tannins that are a hallmark of our wines. The lengthy growing season and cool, sunny weather imparted notable fruit character to the wines. ... Learn More
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  13. Hirsch Vineyards 'Reserve' Pinot Noir 2016
    The 2016 Hirsch Pinot Noirs are moderate in alcohol, high in acidity, and graced with the long, supple tannins that are a hallmark of our wines. The lengthy growing season and cool, sunny weather imparted notable fruit character to the wines. ... Learn More
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